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Pueblo to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music, food, dancing, lowriders and more

Cinco de Mayo, actually the fifth of May, is a well-liked vacation that celebrates Mexican heritage and tradition. This yr’s celebration lands on Sunday.

Beyond being an important motive to eat, drink, and revel, the vacation commemorates the Mexican military’s victory over France on the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, through the French-Mexican War.

“It is not celebrating Independence Day of Mexico — that’s Sept. 16,” said Denise Torrez of the Pueblo social justice nonprofit group El Movimiento Sigue. “The Chicano community embraced it as a day where the Mexican army fought a far superior French army and won. So we’ve embraced that as resilience and fighting through adversity. And that’s what we feel like we continue to do.”

Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration set to return to Bessemer

El Movimiento Sigue, which is devoted to supporting Chicanx and indigenous folks in Pueblo, is holding its 54th annual Cinco de Mayo occasion in Ray Aguilera (Bessemer) Park on Sunday. The free occasion will embrace live leisure, audio system, distributors, meals vans and a automobile present, in accordance to the group.

Event organizers anticipate a big crowd this weekend.

“Last year, we had Cinco De Mayo on a Friday, and we had, in and out, around 3,000 people,” Torrez stated.

The automobile present is totally booked, with round 35 autos set to take part. Categories for the present embrace lowriders, bikes, and lowrider pedal bikes, Torrez stated.

Rosie Chavez, 3, sits on her custom tricyle at the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at Ray Agilera Park on Friday, May, 5, 2023.Rosie Chavez, 3, sits on her custom tricyle at the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at Ray Agilera Park on Friday, May, 5, 2023.

Rosie Chavez, 3, sits on her customized tricyle on the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration at Ray Agilera Park on Friday, May, 5, 2023.

Five meals vans can be parked alongside Orman Avenue to cater to the group and the competition could have more vendor stalls than ever earlier than, with 71 distributors in complete.

“That contains informational (distributors), schooling cubicles, nonprofits, in addition to cubicles promoting treats, snacks, knickknacks, no matter folks have to promote,” Torrez said.

This year, the organization will offer a cornhole tournament for the first time, which Torres said is a “big deal now in the community.”

Torrez said there will also be live performances, including dancers, speakers, singers, and even a few rappers, from noon to 6 p.m.

During the celebration, El Movimiento Sigue will also be hosting a free food giveaway starting at 11 a.m. by the swimming pool loop. Items given away will include non-perishables as well as some fresh produce, said Torrez.

Other places to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Pueblo

Colorado State University Pueblo's Ballet Folklorico dancers in 2021.Colorado State University Pueblo's Ballet Folklorico dancers in 2021.

Colorado State University Pueblo’s Ballet Folklorico dancers in 2021.

The First Unitarian Society will host a Cinco de Mayo potluck celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, at 110 Calla Ave. The program will highlight facts and myths about Cinco de Mayo. The festivities will include a piñata, face painting, and Mexican decorations, as well as a shared potluck meal. Donations are appreciated. The facility is handicap-accessible.

The Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl is set to run from 1-5 p.m. Sunday with a tour of the Fuel & Iron Food Hall, The Gold Dust, The Senate, and Walter’s Brewing Company. The event supports Mariposa Center for Safety. Tickets are $25 and include one drink at each location plus free swag. Check-in runs between noon-1 p.m. at 201 S. Union Ave, next to The Sacred Bean.

Meanwhile, Pueblo West will be holding its own event at the Pueblo West Civic Center Park from 1 to 6 p.m. The Pueblo West Parks & Recreation event features the Colorado State University Pueblo Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi Diamante Pueblo, a taco-eating competition, and a beer garden. The cost to attend is $5 for children ages 6 to 12, or $10 for adults. Tickets are on sale at pueblowestmetro.us.

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This article initially appeared on The Pueblo Chieftain: Cinco de Mayo is back! Here’s where you can celebrate in Pueblo

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